Polymers are available in many stock forms. The table below identifies some of these stock forms and their uses alongside polymers commonly available in that stock form, although they can also be available in other forms:
|Common stock form||Polymer||Common use|
|Sheet||Acrylic||Menu holders in bars and restaurants|
|Granules||Polypropylene||Pen lids and bottle tops|
|Powder||Polythene||Dip coating metal objects such as coat hooks|
|Foams||Plastazote||Swimming pool floats|
Polymers can be fixed with nuts and bolts, screws and rivets. In most cases fixing a polymer is similar to fixing a metal. Some fixings are made from polymers such as nylon nuts and bolts and hinges.